Emotional intelligence and the relationship to resident performance: A multi-institutional study

Joseph F. Talarico, Albert J. Varon, Shawn E. Banks, Jeffrey S. Berger, Evan G. Pivalizza, Glorimar Medina-Rivera, Jyotsna Rimal, Melissa Davidson, Feng Dai, Li Qin, Ryan D. Ball, Cheryl Loudd, Catherine Schoenberg, Amy L. Wetmore, David G. Metro

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Study Objective To test the hypothesis that emotional intelligence, as measured by a BarOn Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i), the 125-item version personal inventory (EQ-i:125), correlates with resident performance. Design Survey (personal inventory) instrument. Setting Five U.S. academic anesthesiology residency programs. Participants Postgraduate year (PGY) 2, 3, and 4 residents enrolled in university-based anesthesiology residency programs. Measurements Residents confidentially completed the BarOn EQ-i:125 personal inventory. The deidentified resident evaluations were sent to the principal investigator of a separate data collection study for data analysis. Data collected from the inventory were correlated with daily evaluations of the residents by residency program faculty. Results of the individual BarOn EQ-i:125 and daily faculty evaluations of the residents were compiled and analyzed. Main Results Univariate correlation analysis and multivariate canonical analysis showed that some aspects of the BarOn EQ-i:125 were significantly correlated with, and likely to be predictors of, resident performance. Conclusions Emotional intelligence, as measured by the BarOn EQ-i personal inventory, has considerable promise as an independent indicator of performance as an anesthesiology resident.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-187
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Clinical Anesthesia
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2013


  • Anesthesiology residency
  • BarOn Emotional Quotient Inventory
  • Emotional intelligence, resident performance: correlation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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